To continue yesterday's lesson.....
It wasn't always easy to pay the doctor's bill along with all the regular ones, but we could. I reckon we were late at times, and maybe paid the bill off over a few months (when we four kids got mumps one after the other), but the doctor was patient (a pun, he he!) as he undoubtably had to be with many of his customers.
Why can't it be like that today?
We can blame it on new technology, except we've had new technology more or less continuously since the days of bleedings and leechings. We could blame it on hard times, but 'most all of us were better off, even during the Great Depression, than they were during the Renaissance.
I think we have to hang this one on gov't.